How To Migrate A Website From Magento 1 to Magento 2

You may already be working with a Magento developer who takes care of ensuring your website is always performing at its best, they probably apply all of Magento’s new version releases and security patches, therefore why would you be concerned if Magento 1 is no longer going to be supported after June 2020?

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What does not supporting Magento 1 actually mean?

You may be happy with the functionality that your Magento website currently provides and even if you wanted new functionality one of the extension/plugin developers are likely to deliver new functionality past this date!

Magento 1 to Magento 2 Migration Risks

The risk is not the loss of functionality, the risk is security. When Magento stop supporting the Magento 1 platform they will no longer provide any security patches, a service they provide continuously. In recent years more than 20 security updates have been released each year to keep your store safe from the dreaded hackers looking to get access to your customers’ details including credit cards.

Reasons to Migrate to Magento 2 in 2019

The risk of not migrating to Magento 2 is clear, your website will be vulnerable and a target for hackers, especially after June 2020.
Magento 2 has a lot more functionality built in, there is no need for as many extensions/plugins, but if you are already using Magento 1, you will likely have an extension already installed to deliver the functionality you need, therefore functionality is not so important.
The key reason for upgrading now is capacity, Magento 1 has a massive market share, Magento is now the dominant force in terms of eCommerce websites or stores, no other platform comes close. What this means is that the volume of businesses that will need their stores migrating to Magento 2 is enormous and there will not be enough credible Magento developers available to deliver all of the migration requirements of the market.

Migrating Right The First Time

There is already a trend of businesses investing in a cheap migration only to realise when it is too late that the company they chose didn’t have the skills to deliver! A costly exercise as the migration in most cases has to be reworked from the start, effectively doubling the cost of migration.
There will be many businesses spring up just to take a share of the available project work and income, but that is also a risk, in order to migrate from Magento 1 to Magento 2, you need to thoroughly understand what is required, businesses that have not developed or supported Magento stores in the past are unlikely to have the skills or knowledge to deliver a successful migration.
There are a few tools available to help with migration, however, Magento 1 is a completely different platform to Magento 2, it is not an upgrade. Whilst the two platforms look similar, Magento 2 was developed from scratch and works in an entirely different way to Magento 1.
If a company has the capacity to migrate your store immediately, then you should be asking questions, as we write this post, we already have several migrations booked into our development diary, and so will most other experienced and qualified developers.

Contact Us Today

To find out more about migrating your Magento 1 store to Magento 2, including cost and timeframe, send a message via the Contact Form and one of our friendly team will contact you to discuss an approach that fits your business needs. For free advice during office hours, call us on 0845 287 3984.